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First Aid for your Pet

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It is important, first of all, to say that knowing what to do in an emergency is no substitute for veterinary care. But being prepared for a medical emergency and being able to recognise changes in your pet's health or behaviour are important.

If we know and understand our animals well enough, such changes should be easy to spot. Your pet will behave differently when he or she is sick or has an injury and you should be able to spot differences in their posture, appetite and general behaviour.

I am not going to give instructions here in first aid principles, but there are a number of ways you can learn what to do in the event of ill health or an emergency. Numerous websites give the basics and books and videos are available covering basic first aid for pets. Do be aware, though, that it is possible to cause more damage to an animal if you do not know what you are doing. The best idea by far is to attend a pet first aid course. There is no substitute for hands-on experience to give you the confidence to deal with an emergency. Courses are held all over the country and are staged by various organisations. The important thing is to make sure that whoever takes the course is themselves qualified; those taught by a veterinary nurse or a vet are ideal.

A good first aid course will teach you how to deal with the basics in the event of such things as:
Bee or wasp stings / Insect bites / Snake bites (See Link Below)
Bleeding
Car accident
Hyperthermia (Heat Stroke)
Hypothermia (Drop in body temperature)
Poisoning
Management during a fit


A good course may also teach you what's going on inside that dog of yours who charges around the garden, chases the cat or simply snoozes on the sofa. You will learn how to measure temperature, heart and respiratory rate and be given an insight into potentially problematic conditions that might need immediate veterinary care as well as those that can be managed at home.

It is essential to get your first aid kit together and be familiar with first aid measures BEFORE you are confronted with an accident, emergency or sudden illness. Many situations require fast and correct action to prevent problems from developing for the worse. If you assemble a first aid kit now, you will be ready when your pet needs immediate help. So it's a good idea to have with you a kit and essential vet and contact information.
Make a list which includes:
Your vet's phone number,
Your own name, address and phone numbers.
Your emergency contact person's numbers, in case you are incapacitated.
The name, age, breed, sex, identification (such as microchipping information), and any health problems which your pet suffers from.
A copy of your pet vaccination records.
A photograph of each pet in case it is needed for ID or other purposes.

www.animalaiders.co.uk
provide first aid courses all over the country, led by a veterinary professional,
and sell first aid kits.
www.petfirstaidcourse.co.uk
run courses for pet owners and pet industry professionals.
Based in Daventry and will hold a course at a venue near you.

www.Rhodes-3-Safety.co.uk
provide excellent Canine Emergency First Aid Courses which are fully certificated and course notes are provided to each student on completion.


First Aid Kit

Carry a Pet First Aid Kit with you




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